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AIJA goes Middle East

After five decades, AIJA will gather in the Middle East for its 2021 Half-Year November Conference. We are excited to invite you to Dubai, capital of finance, trade and business in the GCC, rising structuring hub and gateway between West and East, for an unforgettable event ‘in the desert’.

Strategically well located in the midst of a fast-growing region, Dubai stands out and leads by example in leadership, diversity and innovation. Its legal system – combining civil law, common law and Sharia – is unparalleled and reflects a multi-layered society from all corners of the world, which has shaped this flamboyant, dynamic city and its economy over the last two decades. 
Join us for a thought-provoking and practical academic programme addressing the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic on the legal industry – how it has affected the provision of legal services and what legal challenges and questions have arisen from it.

As the world re-opens and moves towards the new normal and emerging new trends, the conference will feature three tracks with multiple sessions running in parallel:
• International disputes 2021: Tackling new challenges resolving disputes in the post-Covid world
• Managing global challenges - delivering legal solutions in disruptive times
• Labour Law Challenges in a World of Accelerated Change

The sessions will focus on contentious legal issues, transactional topics and current developments in relation to regulatory laws in the Healthcare industries. In addition, the programme will be rounded off with a Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL) commission examining the future of the global legal market and cross-cultural negotiations, and tackling Covid-19 implications for law firms, and an environmental focused workshop organised by the
Environmental and Energy Law commission.

See you in the Sandpit!

We look forward to welcoming you in true AIJA spirit, this time in typical Dubai style, and introducing you to the Gulf’s exciting capital. There will be plenty of opportunities to expand your knowledge as well as your network and to discover the many faces of Dubai during our social programme including impressive buildings and desert dunes.

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Academic programme overview


 

TRACK #1 | International disputes 2021: Tackling new challenges resolving disputes in the post-Covid world
As the global economy emerges from Covid and faces ongoing challenges such as climate change, businesses are more likely than ever to face cross-border disputes. The legal systems of the UAE and other GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries pose challenges for international litigators and arbitrators, both because of the interaction of Shari’a, civil and common law and the practical challenges of resolving disputes between parties from different backgrounds and cultures.

Our programme will showcase key new developments in the GCC legal systems, focus on hot topics and industries, and provide practical know how for managing cross-border disputes involving the Middle East. Speakers will include leading figures from the GCC litigation and arbitration community as well as international lawyers with hands on experience of GCC-centred disputes.

Topics to be discussed

  • Key developments in GCC courts and arbitration institutions
  • An overview of the UAE’s and GCC’s legal systems, and practical tips for service and enforcement
  • How GCC judges and arbitrators reconcile Shari’a and civil and common laws systems
  • New GCC insolvency laws and how they facilitate asset recovery claims
  • Impact of the global pandemic on construction disputes
  • How the energy sector is grappling with the climate crises, and the role of litigation in driving change.

 
TRACK #2 | Managing global challenges - delivering legal solutions in disruptive times
The UAE has become an example of an efficient response to the pandemic that enabled a quick return to the new normal and revival of economic activity. Dubai became one of the first cities to gradually reopen its markets and businesses due to the implementation of new measures on mitigation, consumption, investment, trade, travel, health, and business.
 
This seminar will address critical topics on business structuring, risk mitigation, finance, and new tools to meet global challenges. The presentations will be significant for delegates working in a global environment that want to enhance their understanding and skills regarding UAE exposure, entrepreneurship, legacy planning and financing strategies.

 
TRACK #3 | Labour Law Challenges in a World of Accelerated Change
The Labour Law Commission seizes the opportunity to be presented in Dubai, highlighting the real challenges in the field of employment relations in a world of accelerated change. Six panels will discuss various aspects of the most current topics in modern labour law. This will be an opportunity to share experience on practical issues that have an impact on companies with cross-border interests and on the international mobility of workers, allowing lawyers specializing in employment, labour and immigration law, as well as to private and in-house counsels to have a high-level understanding of the different approaches that apply in such situations.

JOINT TRACK | Energy and Environment – Facing Up to the Climate Crisis

We are now seeing an increased sense of global urgency and public awareness around climate change, related risks, and litigation cases. Individuals and firms are now pursuing judicial remedies and using litigation as a tool to increase pressure on governments and industries to act in protecting the environment and bring an evolution in the fields of energy production, infrastructure development, transportation, carbon-intensive sectors and more. In this session learn how the energy sector is grappling with the climate crises, and the role of litigation in driving change. The session is organised by the Environmental and Energy law commission and will be moderated by its President, Daria Capotorto.


PLENARY SESSION | Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL) 

Strategies to Improve Your Business Law Practice

This joint session will start with an interactive discussion of the global developments in the legal market and how this affects different types of law firms and practices combined with interactive tools incl. surveys. The Keynote speaker for the first part of this session is Robert van Beemen.  These global developments also challenge law firms to find new and different ways to work and to collaborate. Therefore, in the second part of this session, Ondřej Dvořák will give a Keynote on how law firms can better achieve their targets with the help of agility. We will learn how to build the culture of a sustainable law firm. We will discuss how to create an environment where teamwork is valued and where you will gain improved visibility over your firm’s collective workload. We will also discuss how to move away from emails to other more effective means of communication.

Navigating cross cultural negotiations
It is said that culture can have a profound influence on negotiation style. This session will explore the concept of negotiation at its deepest level: a meaningful conversation. Conversations build relations, create emotions, influence attitudes and, in the long run determine the outcome of every human interaction. The session will provide insights on how to improve our capacity to lead meaningful conversations, to create trust and understanding between parties. The need for change is at the forefront for business globally and the same exists for the law firms and professionals. Leading meaningful conversations can strengthen transparency, accountability, client relationship, business models, communication plans, cross cultural negotiations and much more.

SCILL Coaching Sessions

Coaching Session: Creating a Culture of Trust by Pascal Jossi and Mahmud Samandari

The importance of trust is obvious — it’s the elemental force that allows people, communities, and organizations to flourish. Today, more than ever, trust is an essential asset to help foster collaboration, deepen teamwork, drive engagement, and help individuals and organizations manage the never-ending process of change. No matter the gender, race, or cultural background, where there is trust, new methods and ways of thinking can be explored and expressed freely in a constant learning process. This builds strong, highly performing organisations. 

The soul.com workshop, facilitated by Pascal Jossi and Mahmud Samandari focuses on the dynamics of trust and how you can become a promoter of trust within your law firm. Book your coaching sessions here: https://pascaljossi-coaching.youcanbook.me/

Coaching Session by Ondřej Dvořák, AgiLawyer, Czech Republic

Many managing lawyers are often in rush, juggling constantly changing priorities, drowning in emails, calls, and messages. They find it challenging to keep track of all their business activities and to keep up with the latest technology trends.

During this coaching, we can discuss your challenges concerning office management and digitalization. We may tackle topics like tasks assignments, reporting, communication channels, and the overall team management in your office. Book your coaching sessions with Ondřej Dvořák here: https://agilawyer.youcanbook.me

Social programme overview

All social functions below are included in the delegate full registration fee.  

 

WELCOME RECEPTION – 16 November
@ Pool deck  - V Hotel
Get a scenic view of the Dubai Water Canal and sky¬lines and feel mesmerised by the Middle Eastern aura and a refreshing experience while networking with other AIJA participants.

CONFERENCE DINNER – 17 November
@ Armani Pavilion
The Armani Pavilion is a stunning outdoor terrace set amidst gardens and water features at the foot of the Burj Khalifa, facing the Dubai fountain. The location is slightly elevated providing a perfect view over the world’s largest dancing fountains at the same time as Burj Khalifa stands as spectacular backdrop of the venue.

DUBAI WORLD EXPO EXPERIENCE – free evening – 18 November
@EXPO site
More than 190 countries will participate in the Expo - showcasing innovations around the themes of sustain­ability, mobility and opportunity. It will be a unique occasion for AIJA delegates to discover the international pavilions and enjoy a great diversity of world cuisines.

Learn more about the EXPO at https://www.expo2020dubai.com/en


DUBAI ADVENTURE DESERT SAFARI & DINNER – 19 November
@Al Maha Desert Conservation Reserve
The Dubai Adventure Dinner and activities will provide the AIJA delegates with the unique opportunity to explore the desert wildlife through an exciting experience. You will have the chance to be one with nature and experience firsthand the enthralling scenery of the Arabian Desert in one of the UAE natural desert conservation reserves. After watching the stunning sunset, dinner will take place in a beautifully set Bedouin camp.

 


AIJA Commissions involved
  • Banking, Finance and Capital Markets
  • Business Crime and Civil Fraud
  • Environmental and Energy Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Insolvency
  • International Arbitration
  • International Business Law (+ Sports Law)
  • International Private Clients and Family Law
  • Labour Law (+ Immigration Law)
  • Litigation
  • Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL)
  • Tax Law
  • Transport Law

Programme

TRACK #1 - International Disputes 2021: Tackling New Challenges Resolving Disputes in the Post-Covid World

14:30 - 20:00

15:30 - 16:30

15:30 - 16:30

15:30 - 16:30

15:30 - 16:30

15:30 - 16:30

15:30 - 18:30

16:00 - 17:00

16:30 - 17:30

16:30 - 17:30

16:30 - 17:30

16:30 - 17:30

16:30 - 17:30

16:30 - 17:30

17:30 - 18:30

17:30 - 18:30

17:30 - 18:30

17:30 - 18:30

17:30 - 18:30

17:30 - 18:30

17:30 - 18:30

18:30 - 19:30

19:30 - 21:30

@ Pool deck - V Hotel, Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City
Get a scenic view of the Dubai Water Canal and skylines and feel mesmerised by the Middle Eastern aura and a refreshing experience while networking with other AIJA participants.

07:00 - 08:00

organised in partnership with the Emirates Human Rights Studies Center (EHRSC)
08:00 - 19:00

09:00 - 09:10

Anna Wyrzykowska, WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr & AIJA President, Poland
Omar Al Heloo, Hadef & Partners LLC, United Arab Emirates
Aline von Düring, AvD Legal, United Arab Emirates
09:10 - 09:45


Hessa Tahlak, Assistant Undersecretary of Social Development, United Arab Emirates
09:45 - 10:00

10:00 - 11:15

Both courts and arbitration institutions in the Middle Eastern region have in recent years modernised and expanded, to facilitate and attract commercial cases and international users.  The session will highlight key developments in the GCC countries’ courts and arbitration institutions.
This session is organised by the Organising Committee.
Moderator:
Karim Mahmoud, Hadef & Partners LLC, United Arab Emirates
Speakers:
H.E. Justice Ali Shamis Al Madhani, DIFC Courts, United Arab Emirates
Pavel Kalev, Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), United Arab Emirates
Hamed Merah, Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration, Saudi Arabia
11:15 - 11:45

11:45 - 13:00

The legal systems of the GCC nations have progressively changed and development in the past decades. Resulting
beneficial to investors and businesses, decreasing risks, and increasing more conventional legal protections. In this session get an overview of the UAE and GCC legal systems, and practical tips on serving and enforcing in the UAE. An opportunity to learn the Middle Eastern approach on governance and law.
This session is organised by the Litigation Commission.
Moderator:
Rosie Wild, Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP, United Kingdom
Speakers:
Ahmad Alkhamees, Harasani & Alkhanees Law firm, Saudi Arabia
Taiba Alsafar, Al Tamimi & Co, Dubai DIFC, United Arab Emirates
Ahmed Ragab Al Kotby, ADG Legal, United Arab Emirates
Daniel Smith, Trowers & Hamlins, United Arab Emirates
Hamdan AlShamsi, Hamdan AlShamsi Lawyers and Legal Consultants, United Arab Emirates
13:00 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:15

In the GCC countries, arbitration procedures are encouraged to resolve disputes, with a preference for local as opposed to overseas procedures and facilities. The Shari’a courts and the body of Shari’a law are restricted to family matters, succession, property and to some extent torts and criminal law. In commercial matters, one way or another Shari’a interests are normally recognized, although with limitations. In this session, discover how GCC judges and arbitrators reconcile Shari’a and civil and common law systems.
This session is organised by the Organising Committee.
Moderator:
Ned Beale, Hausfeld & Co LLP, United Kingdom
Speakers:
Dr. Majed Al Rasheed, former Secretary General of the Bankruptcy Committee in KSA and former CEO of the Saudi Commercial Arbitration Centre and former Secretary General of Sharia Board at Albilad Bank
Zahra Rose Khawaja, Dentons, United Arab Emirates
Matthew Watson, 3 Verulam Buildings, United Kingdom
Stéphane de Navacelle, Navacelle Avocats, France
15:15 - 15:45

15:45 - 17:00

Learn the new GCC insolvency laws and how they facilitate fraud and asset recovery claims
With time Gulf nations had recognised the need to take new initiatives and move towards modern, recognisable insolvency regimes, which contain modern restructuring tools for businesses facing distress. Know the new laws that changing the landscape for restructuring.
This session is organised by the Commercial Fraud and Insolvency Commissions.
Moderators:
Adam Flacks, LK Law LLP, United Kingdom
Paulo Nasser, M Nasser Dispute Resolution, Brazil
Speakers:
Sub-session 1 – “Getting to grips with insolvency in the GCC – Local experiences and insights” 
Nasser Al Osaiba, Global Advocacy & Legal Counsel , United Arab Emirates
Karim Labban, Deloitte, United Arab Emirates
Oliver Assersohn, XXIV Old Buildings, United Arab Emirate
Sub-session 2 – “An interview with Simon Charlton, Chief Restructuring Officer and Acting CEO of Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers Company”
Simon Charlton, Chief Restructuring Officer and Acting CEO of Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers Company
Sub-session 3 – “In and out of the Gulf – Insolvencies and Asset Recovery”
Aylin Güney King, Bonnard Lawson, Switzerland
Jennifer Fox, Ogier, Cayman Islands
17:15 - 18:15

17:15 - 18:15

Join the AIJA Women Network for a candid panel discussion to hear a first-hand perspective from professional women working in the Middle East.  This is an opportunity to hear about the start of their professional journey and the opportunities, challenges and choices that they have faced along that journey allowing them to excel to their fullest potential.  Our speakers will also share their perspective on the essential ingredients to harness the future success of women business leaders in the region.
Moderator
Paola Fudakowska, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, United Kingdom
Speakers:
Masha Ooijevaar, Commercial and data privacy lawyer at Clyde & Co, Dubai and Chair of the Outreach subcommittee of the IBA Young Lawyers Committee, United Arab Emirates
Farida El Agamy, General Manager of the Tharawat Family Business Forum, co-founder of Kyma and co-founder of the Women in Family Business platform, United Arab Emirates
Anita Weija-Caruba, Associate Director, Strategy Policy and Risk at the Dubai Financial Services Authority, United Arab Emirates
Fatima Hussain, Partner Designate at Mahmood Hussain Advocates and Legal Consultancy (MHLF), United Arab Emirates
19:00 - 19:30

19:30 - 23:30

@ Armani Pavilion
The Armani Pavilion is a stunning outdoor terrace set amidst gardens and water features at the foot of the Burj Khalifa, facing the Dubai fountain. The location is slightly elevated providing a perfect view over the world’s largest dancing fountains at the same time as Burj Khalifa stands as spectacular backdrop of the venue.

08:45 - 09:45

09:00 - 18:00

10:00 - 11:15

Construction projects in the Middle East and elsewhere have experienced substantial delays or come to a complete stop due to the pandemic. The reasons are manifold: government orders, shortages of materials, or social distance measures, to name a few. Know what practical and legal issues arise in connection with pandemic-related delay and disruption claims – and what are future trends and developments in the resolution of those claims?
This session is organised by the International Arbitration Commission.
Moderator:
Lukas Rusch, Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law, Switzerland
Speakers:
Mads Fuglesang, Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS, Norway
Chatura Randeniya, Afridi & Angell, United Arab Emirates
Robert Burns, FTI Consulting, United Arab Emirates

11:15 - 11:45

11:45 - 13:00

We are now seeing an increased sense of global urgency and public awareness around climate change, related risks, and litigation cases. Individuals and firms are now pursuing judicial remedies and using litigation as a tool to increase pressure on governments and industries to act in protecting the environment and bring an evolution in the fields of energy production, infrastructure development, transportation, carbon-intensive sectors and more. In this session, learn how the energy sector is grappling with the climate crises, and the role of litigation in driving change. The session is organised by the Environmental and Energy Law Commission.
Moderator:
Daria Capotorto, Tonucci & Partners, Italy
Speakers:
General overview of litigation and arbitration process in the energy field
Giuseppe Salsarulo, Donativi e Associati, Italy
Carbon impact and litigation
Gianluca Albe, A&A Studio Legale, Italy
Kenya case history: the role of litigation
Evelyne Mbula Nzuki, MN Legal, Kenya
Constitutional climate litigation in Germany
Stephan Korte, Cleantech Law Partners, Germany
13:00 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:15

The need for change is at the forefront for business globally and the same exists for the law firms and professionals.
Embracing new tools, skills, technology, and models can strengthen transparency, accountability, client relationship,
business models, communication plans, cross cultural negotiations and much more. The sessions will provide insights on how to improve legal practices and negotiation tactics in in a multicultural context.

Strategies to Improve Your Business Law Practice
This joint session will start with an interactive discussion of the global developments in the legal market and how this affects different types of law firms and practices combined with interactive tools incl. surveys. The Keynote speaker for the first part of this session is Robert van Beemen.
 These global developments also challenge law firms to find new and different ways to work and to collaborate. Therefore, in the second part of this session, Ondřej Dvořák will give a Keynote on how law firms can better achieve their targets with the help of agility. We will learn how to build the culture of a sustainable law firm. We will discuss how to create an environment where teamwork is valued and where you will gain improved visibility over your firm’s collective workload. We will also discuss how to move away from emails to other more effective means of communication.
Moderators:
Friederike Henke, Buren N.V., The Netherlands
Max Mailliet, E2M - Etude Max Mailliet, Luxembourg 
Speakers:
Robert van Beemen, Venturis Consulting Group, The Netherlands
Ondřej Dvořák, AgiLawyer, Czech Republic
15:15 - 15:45

15:45 - 17:00


Navigating cross cultural negotiations
It is said that culture can have a profound influence on negotiation style. This session will explore the
concept of negotiation at its deepest level: a meaningful conversation. Conversations build relations,
create emotions, influence attitudes and, in the long run determine the outcome of every human
interaction. The session will provide insights on how to improve our capacity to lead meaningful conversations, to
create trust and understanding between parties. The need for change is at the forefront for business
globally and the same exists for the law firms and professionals. Leading meaningful conversations
can strengthen transparency, accountability, client relationship, business models, communication
plans, cross cultural negotiations and much more.
Moderators:
Friederike Henke, Buren N.V., The Netherlands
Max Mailliet, E2M - Etude Max Mailliet, Luxembourg
Speakers:
Pascal Jossi, soul.com, Luxembourg
Mahmud Samandari, soul.com, United Arab Emirates
17:45 - 18:30

18:30 - 02:00

@EXPO site (closing time: 2:00AM)

09:00 - 13:00

11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 13:00

14:15 - 23:45

@Al Maha Desert Conservation Reserve
The Dubai Adventure Dinner and activities will provide the AIJA delegates with the unique opportunity to explore the desert wildlife through an exciting experience. You will have the chance to be one with nature and experience firsthand the enthralling scenery of the Arabian Desert in one of the UAE natural desert conservation reserves. After watching the stunning sunset, dinner will take place in a beautifully set Bedouin camp.
TRACK #2 - Managing Global Challenges: Delivering Legal Solutions in Disruptive Times

14:30 - 20:00

15:30 - 16:30

15:30 - 16:30

15:30 - 16:30

15:30 - 16:30

15:30 - 16:30

15:30 - 18:30

16:00 - 17:00

16:30 - 17:30

16:30 - 17:30

16:30 - 17:30

16:30 - 17:30

16:30 - 17:30

16:30 - 17:30

17:30 - 18:30

17:30 - 18:30

17:30 - 18:30

17:30 - 18:30

17:30 - 18:30

17:30 - 18:30

17:30 - 18:30

18:30 - 19:30

19:30 - 21:30

@ Pool deck - V Hotel, Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City
Get a scenic view of the Dubai Water Canal and skylines and feel mesmerised by the Middle Eastern aura and a refreshing experience while networking with other AIJA participants.

07:00 - 08:00

organised in partnership with the Emirates Human Rights Studies Center (EHRSC)
08:00 - 19:00

09:00 - 09:10

Anna Wyrzykowska, WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr & AIJA President, Poland
Omar Al Heloo, Hadef & Partners LLC, United Arab Emirates
Aline von Düring, AvD Legal, United Arab Emirates
09:10 - 09:45


Hessa Tahlak, Assistant Undersecretary of Social Development, United Arab Emirates
09:45 - 10:00

10:00 - 11:15

Practical considerations for entrepreneurs for direct investments and relocation of companies in the Middle East. The discussion will include a presentation of legal frameworks and tax considerations as well as the changes introduced in the UAE Company Law, notably the impact of the abolition of the 49-51% foreign ownership rule for existing and future business owners.
The session is organised by International Private Clients and Family Law, Tax Commission.
Moderators:
John Davies, Farrer & Co, United Kingdom
Eva Stadler, WOLF THEISS Attorneys at Law, Austria
Speakers:
Cesar Ghaleb, Eptalex, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Silvio Cilia, Corrieri Cilia, Malta
Gregory Goossens, TAXPATRIA, Belgium
Marc Buchmann, Fischer Ramp Buchmann, Switzerland
Jose E. Aguilar Shea, SQUIRE PATTON BOGGS, Spain
Alejandra Esmoris, Bonnard Lawson International Law Firm, United Arab Emirates
11:15 - 11:45

11:45 - 13:00

How does the Middle East’s startup environment look like at the moment and what developments have there been in the past? What are the expectations for the future? Our panel will give you an overview of the rising startup scene in the UAE, larger Middle East, on the emerging and frontier markets of the region. We will address issues and topics such as financing solutions for high-growth, challenges, chances and opportunities for startups and the most common pitfalls to avoid. If you are interested in the start-up world in this region, you should not miss this panel!
The session is organised by International Business Law commission.
Moderator:
Dominik Wagner, TIGGES Rechtsanwälte, Germany
Speakers:
Gary Sheynkman, Leyden Ventures, United Arab Emirates
Arthur Stüssi Neves, Stüssi-Neves Advogados, Brazil
Giorgia Carandente, Taylor Wessing, Germany
Thierry Barbey, Kellerhals Carrard, Switzerland
Aline von Düring, AvD Legal, United Arab Emirates
Suhaib Hammad, HAMMAD & AL-MEHDAR, Saudi Arabia
Mohammed Al Dahbashi, ADG Legal, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
13:00 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:15

At a time where entrepreneurial families are increasingly more global, with assets in countless jurisdictions, and worrying about erosion of their privacy, innovative structuring solutions and tools are required. Overview of the latest structuring creations, practical trends in the industry. What key factors to consider when considering a jurisdiction for structuring, asset protection and/or legacy planning purpose.
The session is organised by the International Private Clients and Family Law Commission.
Moderators:
Stephanie Mooney, Kingsley Napley, United Kingdom
Alejandra Esmoris, Bonnard Lawson International Law Firm, United Arab Emirates
Speakers:
Jenny Duggan, Stewarts, United Kingdom
Michael Schifferli, Wenger Plattner, Switzerland
Fernanda Machado Moreira, Dauro Schettino Advogados, Brazil
Yann Mrazek, M-HQ, United Arab Emirates
15:15 - 15:45

15:45 - 17:00

New measures, products and tools are created to meet the changing needs of the clients in the ever-changing world dynamics. Global financial institutions are leading in developing new ways and technologies providing opportunities for development but also challenges for policy makers and markets. Join the round table discussion about different approaches in financing in the Middle East and Arab countries, covering the aspects of continental, common and sharia law.
This session is organised by the Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Commission.
Moderator:
Lars Raedschelders, Moore Law, Belgium
Speakers
Reem Al Sayegh, Linklaters Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Layla El-Wafi, Standard Chartered Bank, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Biju Thomas, Mashreq Private Bank, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
17:15 - 18:15

Join the AIJA Women Network for a candid panel discussion to hear a first-hand perspective from professional women working in the Middle East.  This is an opportunity to hear about the start of their professional journey and the opportunities, challenges and choices that they have faced along that journey allowing them to excel to their fullest potential.  Our speakers will also share their perspective on the essential ingredients to harness the future success of women business leaders in the region.
Moderator
Paola Fudakowska, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, United Kingdom
Speakers:
Masha Ooijevaar, Commercial and data privacy lawyer at Clyde & Co, Dubai and Chair of the Outreach subcommittee of the IBA Young Lawyers Committee, United Arab Emirates
Farida El Agamy, General Manager of the Tharawat Family Business Forum, co-founder of Kyma and co-founder of the Women in Family Business platform, United Arab Emirates
Anita Weija-Caruba, Associate Director, Strategy Policy and Risk at the Dubai Financial Services Authority, United Arab Emirates
Fatima Hussain, Partner Designate at Mahmood Hussain Advocates and Legal Consultancy (MHLF), United Arab Emirates
17:15 - 18:15

19:00 - 19:30

19:30 - 23:30

@ Armani Pavilion
The Armani Pavilion is a stunning outdoor terrace set amidst gardens and water features at the foot of the Burj Khalifa, facing the Dubai fountain. The location is slightly elevated providing a perfect view over the world’s largest dancing fountains at the same time as Burj Khalifa stands as spectacular backdrop of the venue.

08:45 - 09:45

09:00 - 18:00

10:00 - 11:15

Roundtable discussion on new trends of sustainable finance and insurance in the superyacht industry with a particular
focus on the impact of the principles of sustainability and green finance on construction contracts, termination clauses and insurance policies.
The session is organised by the Transport Law Commission.
Moderator:
Davide Canepa, Studio Legale Mordiglia, Italy
Speakers:
Jan Hermeling, TIGGES Rechtsanwälte, Germany 
Hari Krishna, Nimble Legal Consulting FZE, United Arab Emirates
Francesco Gasparini, Studio Legale Mordiglia, Italy 
Anton Molchanov, Arzinger law firm, Ukraine
11:15 - 11:45

11:45 - 13:00

We are now seeing an increased sense of global urgency and public awareness around climate change, related risks, and litigation cases. Individuals and firms are now pursuing judicial remedies and using litigation as a tool to increase pressure on governments and industries to act in protecting the environment and bring an evolution in the fields of energy production, infrastructure development, transportation, carbon-intensive sectors and more. In this session, learn how the energy sector is grappling with the climate crises, and the role of litigation in driving change. The session is organised by the Environmental and Energy Law Commission.
Moderator:
Daria Capotorto, Tonucci & Partners, Italy
Speakers:
General overview of litigation and arbitration process in the energy field
Giuseppe Salsarulo, Donativi e Associati, Italy
Carbon impact and litigation
Gianluca Albe, A&A Studio Legale, Italy
Kenya case history: the role of litigation
Evelyne Mbula Nzuki, MN Legal, Kenya
Constitutional climate litigation in Germany
Stephan Korte, Cleantech Law Partners, Germany
13:00 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:15

The need for change is at the forefront for business globally and the same exists for the law firms and professionals.
Embracing new tools, skills, technology, and models can strengthen transparency, accountability, client relationship,
business models, communication plans, cross cultural negotiations and much more. The sessions will provide insights on how to improve legal practices and negotiation tactics in in a multicultural context.

Strategies to Improve Your Business Law Practice
This joint session will start with an interactive discussion of the global developments in the legal market and how this affects different types of law firms and practices combined with interactive tools incl. surveys. The Keynote speaker for the first part of this session is Robert van Beemen.
These global developments also challenge law firms to find new and different ways to work and to collaborate. Therefore, in the second part of this session, Ondřej Dvořák will give a Keynote on how law firms can better achieve their targets with the help of agility. We will learn how to build the culture of a sustainable law firm. We will discuss how to create an environment where teamwork is valued and where you will gain improved visibility over your firm’s collective workload. We will also discuss how to move away from emails to other more effective means of communication.
Moderators:
Friederike Henke, Buren N.V., The Netherlands
Max Mailliet, E2M - Etude Max Mailliet, Luxembourg 
Speakers:
Robert van Beemen, Venturis Consulting Group, The Netherlands
Ondřej Dvořák, AgiLawyer, Czech Republic
15:15 - 15:45

15:45 - 17:00


Navigating cross cultural negotiations
It is said that culture can have a profound influence on negotiation style. This session will explore the
concept of negotiation at its deepest level: a meaningful conversation. Conversations build relations,
create emotions, influence attitudes and, in the long run determine the outcome of every human
interaction. The session will provide insights on how to improve our capacity to lead meaningful conversations, to
create trust and understanding between parties. The need for change is at the forefront for business
globally and the same exists for the law firms and professionals. Leading meaningful conversations
can strengthen transparency, accountability, client relationship, business models, communication
plans, cross cultural negotiations and much more.
Moderators:
Friederike Henke, Buren N.V., The Netherlands
Max Mailliet, E2M - Etude Max Mailliet, Luxembourg
Speakers:
Pascal Jossi, soul.com, Luxembourg
Mahmud Samandari, soul.com, United Arab Emirates
17:45 - 18:30

18:30 - 02:00

@EXPO site (closing time: 2:00AM)

09:00 - 13:00

11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 13:00

14:15 - 23:45

@Al Maha Desert Conservation Reserve
The Dubai Adventure Dinner and activities will provide the AIJA delegates with the unique opportunity to explore the desert wildlife through an exciting experience. You will have the chance to be one with nature and experience firsthand the enthralling scenery of the Arabian Desert in one of the UAE natural desert conservation reserves. After watching the stunning sunset, dinner will take place in a beautifully set Bedouin camp.
TRACK #3 - Labour Law Challenges in a World of Accelerated Change

14:30 - 20:00

15:30 - 16:30

15:30 - 16:30

15:30 - 16:30

15:30 - 16:30

15:30 - 16:30

15:30 - 18:30

16:00 - 17:00

16:30 - 17:30

16:30 - 17:30

16:30 - 17:30

16:30 - 17:30

16:30 - 17:30

16:30 - 17:30

17:30 - 18:30

17:30 - 18:30

17:30 - 18:30

17:30 - 18:30

17:30 - 18:30

17:30 - 18:30

17:30 - 18:30

18:30 - 19:30

19:30 - 21:30

@ Pool deck - V Hotel, Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City
Get a scenic view of the Dubai Water Canal and skylines and feel mesmerised by the Middle Eastern aura and a refreshing experience while networking with other AIJA participants.

07:00 - 08:00

organised in partnership with the Emirates Human Rights Studies Center (EHRSC)
08:00 - 19:00

09:00 - 09:10

Anna Wyrzykowska, WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr & AIJA President, Poland
Omar Al Heloo, Hadef & Partners LLC, United Arab Emirates
Aline von Düring, AvD Legal, United Arab Emirates
09:10 - 09:45


Hessa Tahlak, Assistant Undersecretary of Social Development, United Arab Emirates
09:45 - 10:00

10:00 - 11:15

Moderator:
Irene Suter-Sieber, Walder Wyss , Switzerland
Speakers:
Hana Al Khatib, Global Advocacy & Legal Counsel, United Arab Emirates
Luisa Rödemer, vangard | Littler, Germany
Ailie Murray,  Travers Smith, United Kingdom
Clotilde Iaia Polak, Yungo, United Arab Emirates, Italy
Adite Aloke, Afridi & Angell, United Arab Emirates
11:15 - 11:45

11:45 - 13:00

How did the global pandemic alter attitudes towards remote employment and occupational health and safety?
Moderator: 
Elina Girne, Squalio, Latvia
Speakers:
Nazanin Afshar, Fisher & Phillips LLP, United States of America
Johannes Bammer, Binder Groesswang, Austria 
Bruno Freire, Bruno Freire, Brazil
13:00 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:15

What overt and covert obstacles arise in multi-jurisdictional environments
Moderator: 
Nicky de Groot, Pallas Advocaten, The Netherlands
Speakers:
Alexander Bork, Heuking, Germany
Boriska Rocha, SA Law, Brazil
Alex Fisher, Travers Smith, United Kingdom
15:15 - 15:45

15:45 - 17:00

When and why an internal investigation can escalate into victimization and how to prevent it?
Moderator: 
Marta Trindade, Abreu Advogados, Portugal
Speakers:
Ayman Merdas, Global Advocacy & Legal Counsel , United Arab Emirates
Jakob Nortoft, Glimsted, Sweden
Daniel Weber, Wenger Vieli, Switzerland
17:15 - 18:15

Join the AIJA Women Network for a candid panel discussion to hear a first-hand perspective from professional women working in the Middle East.  This is an opportunity to hear about the start of their professional journey and the opportunities, challenges and choices that they have faced along that journey allowing them to excel to their fullest potential.  Our speakers will also share their perspective on the essential ingredients to harness the future success of women business leaders in the region.
Moderator
Paola Fudakowska, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, United Kingdom
Speakers:
Masha Ooijevaar, Commercial and data privacy lawyer at Clyde & Co, Dubai and Chair of the Outreach subcommittee of the IBA Young Lawyers Committee, United Arab Emirates
Farida El Agamy, General Manager of the Tharawat Family Business Forum, co-founder of Kyma and co-founder of the Women in Family Business platform, United Arab Emirates
Anita Weija-Caruba, Associate Director, Strategy Policy and Risk at the Dubai Financial Services Authority, United Arab Emirates
Fatima Hussain, Partner Designate at Mahmood Hussain Advocates and Legal Consultancy (MHLF), United Arab Emirates
17:15 - 18:15

19:00 - 19:30

19:30 - 23:30

@ Armani Pavilion
The Armani Pavilion is a stunning outdoor terrace set amidst gardens and water features at the foot of the Burj Khalifa, facing the Dubai fountain. The location is slightly elevated providing a perfect view over the world’s largest dancing fountains at the same time as Burj Khalifa stands as spectacular backdrop of the venue.

08:45 - 09:45

09:00 - 18:00

10:00 - 11:15

In a world where you can cross a border without even noticing it: How has changed the role of immigration across regions (a comparison between EU countries, US/Canada, and the UAE region)
Moderator:
Lukas Wieser, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, Austria
Speakers:
Nathalie Germann,  Wenger Vieli, Switzerland
Álvaro Fernández Sánchez del Corral, CUATRECASAS, Spain
Moira Campbell, Kingsley Napley LLP, United Kingdom
Emiliano Ganzarolli, Audisio e Associati, Italy
11:15 - 11:45

11:45 - 13:00

More and more, Business Units are composed from people employed by different companies and managed from different countries: How to deal with unclear subordination lines, and what is the practical solution? What are the challenges when litigating?
Moderator: 
Almudena Álvarez, alvarez lentner, Spain
Speakers:
Inka Müller-Seubert, CMS Hasche Sigle Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern mbB, Germany
Michał Chodkowski, Łaszczuk i Wspólnicy sp.j., Poland  
Anna Katharina Radschek, Pitkowitz & Partners, Austria
13:00 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:15

The need for change is at the forefront for business globally and the same exists for the law firms and professionals.
Embracing new tools, skills, technology, and models can strengthen transparency, accountability, client relationship,
business models, communication plans, cross cultural negotiations and much more. The sessions will provide insights on how to improve legal practices and negotiation tactics in in a multicultural context.

Strategies to Improve Your Business Law Practice
This joint session will start with an interactive discussion of the global developments in the legal market and how this affects different types of law firms and practices combined with interactive tools incl. surveys. The Keynote speaker for the first part of this session is Robert van Beemen.
These global developments also challenge law firms to find new and different ways to work and to collaborate. Therefore, in the second part of this session, Ondřej Dvořák will give a Keynote on how law firms can better achieve their targets with the help of agility. We will learn how to build the culture of a sustainable law firm. We will discuss how to create an environment where teamwork is valued and where you will gain improved visibility over your firm’s collective workload. We will also discuss how to move away from emails to other more effective means of communication.
Moderators:
Friederike Henke, Buren N.V., The Netherlands
Max Mailliet, E2M - Etude Max Mailliet, Luxembourg 
Speakers:
Robert van Beemen, Venturis Consulting Group, The Netherlands
Ondřej Dvořák, AgiLawyer, Czech Republic
15:15 - 15:45

15:45 - 17:00


Navigating cross cultural negotiations
It is said that culture can have a profound influence on negotiation style. This session will explore the
concept of negotiation at its deepest level: a meaningful conversation. Conversations build relations,
create emotions, influence attitudes and, in the long run determine the outcome of every human
interaction. The session will provide insights on how to improve our capacity to lead meaningful conversations, to
create trust and understanding between parties. The need for change is at the forefront for business
globally and the same exists for the law firms and professionals. Leading meaningful conversations
can strengthen transparency, accountability, client relationship, business models, communication
plans, cross cultural negotiations and much more.
Moderators:
Friederike Henke, Buren N.V., The Netherlands
Max Mailliet, E2M - Etude Max Mailliet, Luxembourg
Speakers:
Pascal Jossi, soul.com, Luxembourg
Mahmud Samandari, soul.com, United Arab Emirates
17:45 - 18:30

18:30 - 02:00

@EXPO site (closing time: 2:00AM)

09:00 - 13:00

11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 13:00

14:15 - 23:45

@Al Maha Desert Conservation Reserve
The Dubai Adventure Dinner and activities will provide the AIJA delegates with the unique opportunity to explore the desert wildlife through an exciting experience. You will have the chance to be one with nature and experience firsthand the enthralling scenery of the Arabian Desert in one of the UAE natural desert conservation reserves. After watching the stunning sunset, dinner will take place in a beautifully set Bedouin camp.

Fees & General Info

There are currently no registration fees available.

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Please note that in-house counsel registrations are subject to review and confirmation by AIJA. AIJA considers in-house counsel professionals who hold a university degree in law allowing access to a bar association and practicing law as an in-house counsel in private, public, or non-profit companies, institutions or organisations. Please note that in-house counsel who are at the same time active as fee-earning lawyers or consultants are not eligible to the discounted in-house counsel fee.

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Practical Information

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS TO DUBAI / COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES

Check the travel requirements to Dubai and requirements to access the AIJA event HERE

Check the updated travel requirements to Dubai (covid testing, etc) on the Emirates webpage

Check the current health & safety measures in place in Dubai HERE

Kindly note:  Ensure you have medical travel insurance with international coverage that covers COVID-19 before travelling. Here are two recommended travel insurance: AIG travel and NEXtCare. If you are travelling with Emirates Airlines or FlyDubai, accordingly you will be provided by the airlines' an additional multi-risk travel insurance. 

CONFERENCE VENUE

HABTOOR PALACE (@ Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City)

The Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City is located in the heart of Dubai, along the iconic Sheikh Zayed Road and on the banks of Dubai Water Canal and close to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. The hotel is also directly connected to La Perle by Dragone water theater, the region’s first permanent show inspired by the spirit of Dubai. Downtown Dubai sights, shops, and restaurants are a 10-minute drive away from the hotel and also offers free shuttle to the nearby beach and mall.
  • 20 minutes from Dubai International Airport by taxi
  • 30 minutes from Dubai EXPO 2021
  • 40 minutes from al Maktoum Int’l Airport

The three connected hotels of the complex are:

  • Hilton Al Habtoor
  • Habtoor Palace
  • V Hotel by Curio

The AIJA November Half-Year Conference sessions will take place in the Habtoor Palace.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Guest rooms have been pre-blocked in the above 3 hotels of the complex at the following preferential rates for AIJA Participants. To learn more on the style and services you can expect in each property, click here. Check here the restaurants available at the Conference venue. 

Please note that rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis according to availability. 

Hilton Al Habtoor

Number of guest rooms available: 80 rooms

Guest Room (single): 571 AED (132 EUR) per night including breakfast + 10% service charge + 12,5% taxes + 20 AED per night tax

To make a reservation: 
- Click here for direct access to the on-line booking webpage

 

V Hotel by Curio

Number of guest rooms available: 30 rooms

Guest Room (single): 612 AED (141 EUR) per night including breakfast + 10% service charge + 12,5% taxes + 20 AED per night tax

To make a reservation: 
- Click here for direct access to the on-line booking webpage

  

Al Habtoor Palace

Number of guest rooms available: 20 rooms

Guest Room (single): 938 AED (216 EUR) per night including breakfast + 10% service charge + 12,5% taxes + 20 AED per night tax

To make a reservation: 
- Click here for direct access to the on-line booking webpage

 

Discover the Dubai World Expo 2020 with AIJA:

Be a part of a once-in-a-lifetime-celebration at the Dubai World Expo 2020 under the theme 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future'.

- 1st world Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region
- 190+ country pavilions
- Up to 60 live events/performances per day
- 100 + dining experience

See the map to plan your trip to the Expo

Here is a factsheet to get insights on country pavilions, dining experiences and much more at the Expo

Download the EXPO app: iOS or Android

Click here to know about live events on 18 November 2021

Know more about the Dubai World Expo 2020

Open for six months | 1 October 2021 - 31 March 2022: Seven days a week, from 10 am to midnight on weekdays, and from 10 am to 2 am on weekends and special days.

Our recommendations for the Expo:
- Singapore Pavilion: Meet us at the Singapore Pavilion
- Women's Pavilion: Learn about unseen contributions, and the role women have played throughout history and  the challenges they are facing today 

Expo Covid-19 measures:
- Face mask and social distancing is mandatory
- If you are vaccinated provide proof of at least one dose of any COVID vaccine recognised by any Expo 2020 participating country or the World Health Organisation (WHO).
- If you are unvaccinated then provide a negative PCR test certificate for a test conducted within the last 72 hours.
- Know more: https://www.expo2020dubai.com/en/plan-your-visit/covid-19

PRE AND POST CONFERENCE TOURS

 Contact the IMPACT agency for your customized tours and stay extensions in Dubai and the UAE.

 ‘We pull together your full itinerary, including (but not limited to) hotels & venues, group programs, team building challenges, adventure experiences, recreational activities, transfers, excursions, meeting logistics, lavish themed dinners, award ceremonies, and special events. We focus on delivering authentic, emotional & unspoiled programs that are usually not offered by conventional tour operators; giving our clients the opportunity to discover the destination with a fresh approach. We organize exciting & motivational programs with a twist – as we merge the latest in Arabian hospitality with thrilling adventure & team building programs for a true lifetime experience.’

 Website: http://impactdmc.com/index.php/about-us/ 

 Contact: tours@impactdmc.com – Mention AIJA

Organising Committee

Omar AL HELOO Hadef & Partners LLC (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)
Hana AL KHATIB Global Advocacy & Legal Counsel (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)
Ned BEALE Hausfeld & Co LLP (UNITED KINGDOM)
Margarita EGIAZAROVA CJSC “ALRUD” (RUSSIA)
Hari KRISHNA Nimble Legal (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)
Karim MAHMOUD Hadef & Partners LLC (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)
Yann MRAZEK M/HQ Ltd (Dubai branch) (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)
Babak TABESHIAN LFR Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB (GERMANY)
Aline VON DüRING Bonnard Lawson International Law Firm (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)
Teresa WAIDMANN Schönherr Rechtsanwälte GmbH (AUSTRIA)

Sponsors


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